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“What does adoption mean to a child?”

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Christy's Adoption Scholarship Story

All I can say about adoption is that I am glad it was there for me. I am glad I had the option that would benefit everyone in the end. It is at first an unfortunate situation to be in for the birth mother. Unplanned pregnancy can be a very scary thing for many women. Unfortunately, many women choose to terminate their pregnancy but that was something that I just could not do. I am happy about the decision I made and I am grateful to American Adoptions for assisting me in every way. For me, it was hard thinking about what was inevitable. I knew I was about to loose my first born child, but my case worker Alli took care of everything so I would not have to. It really helps to have someone on your side that can be your strength when you feel like you can’t go on. Now I couldn’t be happier knowing that my child will be taken care of by two of the greatest people in the world.

I plan on getting my Associates Degree in Applied Science in Biotechnology. This is my area of interest and will hopefully help me get a job in blood testing. I have been working in the blood banking industry for years and I consider it to be my passion. However, I am limited in this particular field because I do not have any certifications or degrees. In fact, I was terminated from my job at Community Blood Center for taking maternity leave last November. I delivered December 2, 2004 and will soon be ready to go back to work. If the center chooses not to rehire me I will have to find work elsewhere. So you can see I obviously have some financial needs lately. I want to make this dream of having a degree become a reality. I am hoping to turn my life around after having a baby. I believe I can only accomplish this with the proper finances needed to attain this goal.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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